Mr Marcus Dobbs

Mr Marcus Dobbs

Engineering Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3380

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Biography

  •  2014 – ongoing : BGS Rock Mechanics Laboratory Manager
  •  2008 – ongoing : Engineering Geologist - British Geological Survey
  •  2005 –2008 : Geotechnical Engineer - Waterman Civils Ltd
  •  2004 –2005 : Field Geochemist - G-Base and Tellus Projects, British Geological Survey
  •  1996 –1999 : Laboratory Technician (Soils and concrete testing) - Balfour Beatty plc (A1(M), M60, M6 Toll)

Boards and committees

  •  2010 : Steering Group for Nottingham Caves Survey (Caves of Nottingham Regeneration Project)

Skills

  •  2009 – ongoing : Soil and Rock Testing (British Standards, International Society Rock Mechanics, American Society for Testing and Materials)
  •  2009 – ongoing : Terrestrial LiDAR and Global Navigation Satellite System Surveying
  •  2008 – ongoing : Project Management - Singapore, BGS Rock Mechanics Laboratory, Nottingham Caves Database, GGPP - Bedrock Project
  •  1996 – ongoing : Engineering geological classification of soils and rocks (British Standards, International Society of Rock Mechanics

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2014 – ongoing : Project Manager: Singapore Seismic Review and Rock Laboratory Testing
  •  2013 – ongoing : Deformation and failure mode of the Monte Canale micro-folded gneiss
  •  2013 – ongoing : CONTAIN - The impaCt of hydrOcarbon depletioN on the Treatment of cAprocks within performance assessment for CO2 InjectioN schemes
  •  2013 – ongoing : IMAGES - Integrated, Market-fit and Affordable Grid-scale Energy Storage (EPSRC grant funded)
  •  2011 – ongoing : EPS: Use of electric potential sensors in rock deformation (University of Sussex)
  •  2008 – ongoing : Geotechnical and Geophysical Properties and Processes: Characterising the geotechnical properties and engineering behaviour of glacial tills and Permian-Triassic sandstones
  •  2009 – ongoing : Mathematical Modelling: Geotechnical property attribution of 3D models

Professional association

  •  2005 – ongoing : Fellow of the Geological Society of London

Research interests

  • Experimental rock mechanics
  • Stress induced changes in the electric potential of rocks
  • Characterising the geotechnical properties and behaviour of UK rock and soil formations
  • Storage and communication of geotechnical information using 3D models and geographical information systems

Accreditations

  •  2000 –2004 : Imperial College London, BSc (Hons) Geology

Commissioned reports

  • MR Dobbs, MP Kirkham, AS Butcher & S Wathall. 2014. Multi-stage triaxial rock testing of sandstone, siltstone and mudstone specimens for York Potash Mineral Transport System. British Geological Survey COMMISSIONED REPORT CR/14/126.
  • MR Dobbs & MP Kirkham. 2013. Laboratory rock testing of samples from boreholes HZEM-2, ST-51-C, MNSA-1 and ST-51-E for Saudi Aramco. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report CR/13/132.
  • A R Farrant and M R Dobbs. 2014. Pen Park Hole Cave Survey Project, Southmead, Bristol. British Geological Surevy Commissioned Report CR/12/104.
  • P.R.N. Hobbs, M. R. Dobbs and R. J. Cuss. 2012. Desk Based Study and Literature Review of Diapirism in Plastic Clays and an analysis of the Critical state of Boom Clay. British Geological Survey Commercial Report CR/11/012.
  • Hough, E & Dobbs, M & Witney, P. 2010. Hay Nook and Burrows Marsh (Middle Deviated) borehole core lithological logging. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report CR/10/128.
  • M. Dobbs and P. S. Balson. 2010. Drigg Spit: Intrusive Investigations. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report CR/10/050
  • DOBBS, M. HOUGH, E. & EVANS, D.J. 2009a. Report on the Hay Nook Borehole, Preesall, Lancashire. British Geological Survey, Commercial in Confidence report to Canatxx Gas Storage Limited, January 2009, BGS Report Number CR/09/049.
  • EVANS, D.J., HOUGH, E., KINGDON. A. & DOBBS, M. 2009a. Preliminary geophysical log interpretation and correlation of the Canatxx Hay Nook exploration borehole with previous exploration wells at Preesall. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report (Commercial in Confidence), CR/09/048.
  • EVANS, D.J., HOUGH, E., KINGDON. A. & DOBBS, M. 2009b. Preliminary geophysical log interpretation and correlation of the Canatxx Burrows Marsh (Middle Deviated) exploration borehole with previous exploration wells at Preesall. British Geological Survey Commissioned Report (Commercial in Confidence), CR/09/040.
  • DOBBS, M. HOUGH, E. & EVANS, D.J. 2009b. Report on the Burrows Marsh Borehole (Middle Deviated), Preesall, Lancashire. British Geological Survey, Commercial in Confidence report to Canatxx Gas Storage Limited, January 2009, BGS Report Number CR/09/015.

Published outputs

  • BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 2011. Engineering Geology (Bedrock) Map of the United Kingdom. William R Dearman, Marcus R Dobbs, Martin G Culshaw, Kevin J Northmore, David C Entwisle and Helen J Reeves.
  • BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 2011. Engineering Geology (Superficial) Map of the United Kingdom. William R Dearman, Marcus R Dobbs, Martin G Culshaw, Kevin J Northmore, David C Entwisle and Helen J Reeves.
  • BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 2011. Extended key for the engineering geology maps of the United Kingdom. William R Dearman, Marcus R Dobbs, Martin G Culshaw, Kevin J Northmore, David C Entwisle and Helen J Reeves.
  • Dobbs, M R. 2009. Tills Engineering Geology: Haslingden and Bowlee Boreholes, Lancashire. British Geological Survey Open File Report, OR/09/044. 46pp.
  • ENTWISLE D C, HOBBS, P R N, NORTHMORE, K J, SKIPPER, J, RAINES, M R, SELF, S J, ELLISON, R A AND JONES L D. 2013. Engineering Geology of British Rocks and Soils - Lambeth Group. British Geological Survey Open Report, OR/13/006. 316pp. (Editors K J Northmore, M R Dobbs & S J Price)
  • J D O Williams & M R Dobbs. 2012. Particle Size Distribution analysis of central Glasgow in relation to lithology classification used in stochastic modelling. British Geological Survey Internal Report IR/12/039.
  • M R Dobbs, P R N Hobbs & M Kirkham. 2012. MTS Rock Press User Manual - Tensile Strength Testing. British Geological Survey. INTERNAL REPORT IR/12/014.
  • M R Dobbs, P R N Hobbs & M Kirkham. 2012. MTS Rock Press User Manual - Triaxial Testing. British Geological Survey INTERNAL REPORT IR/12/012.
  • M R Dobbs, P R N Hobbs & M Kirkham. 2012. MTS Rock Press User Manual - Uniaxial Testing.British Geological Survey INTERNAL REPORT IR/12/013.

Key papers

Timothy Kearsey, John Williams, Andrew Finlayson, Paul Williamson, Marcus Dobbs, Benjamin Marchant, Andrew Kingdon, Diarmad Campbell. 2015. Testing the application and limitation of stochastic simulations to predict the lithology of glacial and fluvial deposits in Central Glasgow, UK. Engineering Geology 187 (2015) 98–112.

Aydin, A., Dobbs, M.R., Reeves, H.J., Graham, C.C., and Kirkham, M.P., 2013. Measuring stress induced electric field in Sandstone and Granite using the Electric Potential Sensor. EUROCK 2013 21 – 26th September 2013. Wroclaw, Poland.

Aydin, A., Dobbs, M.R., Reeves, H.J., Kirkham, M.P., Graham, C.C., Jefferson, I. 2013. Electric field in compressed concrete using the Electric Potential Sensor. Second Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures. 9 – 11th September 2013. Istanbul, Turkey.

Aydin, A., Dobbs, M.R., Reeves, H.J., Kirkham, M.P., and Graham, C.C. 2013. Stress induced electric field measurements of different rock lithology using the Electric Potential Sensor. 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium. 23 – 26th June 2013. San Francisco, USA.

Dobbs, M R, Culshaw, M G, Northmore, K J, Reeves, H J & Entwisle, D C. 2012. Methodology for creating national engineering geological maps of the UK. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 45, 335-347.

MacDonald, A M, Maurice, L, Dobbs, M R, Reeves, H J and Auton, C A 2012. Relating in situ hydraulic conductivity, particle size and relative density of superficial deposits in a heterogeneous catchment. Journal of Hydrology 434-435 130-141.

Culshaw, M G, Dobbs, M, Reeves, H, J, Northmore, K J & Entwisle, D C. 2010 A tribute to Professor William Dearman: New small-scale engineering geological maps of the UK. In: Williams, A L, Pinches, G M, Chn, C Y, McMorran, T J & Massey, C I(eds). Geologically Active: Proceedings of the 11th IAEG Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, 5-10 Sept 2010. 187-198.

See also
  • The Engineering Geology Viewer http://mapapps.bgs.ac.uk/engineeringgeology/home.html
Magazines
  • Dobbs, M, Reeves, H J, Northmore, K J & Entwisle, D C. 2010. Engineering geology maps of the UK. Earthwise, 26, 50-51
Research partners
  • Dr Sergio Vinciguerra - University of Leicester
  • Dr Federico Agliardi - University of Milan-Bicocca
  • Prof. Robert Prance & James Archer - University of Sussex